Sarah Gadon to star in Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood's joint CBC-Netflix miniseries
Canadian actress to play the character of Grace Marks in screen adaptation of Giller Prize-winning novel
Toronto-born actress Sarah Gadon has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming CBC and Netflix miniseries, Alias Grace, based on author Margaret Atwood's 1996 historical true crime novel.
The six-hour miniseries centres around Gadon's character, Grace Marks — an Irish immigrant and maid who was convicted, along with stable hand James McDermott, of a double murder in 1843.
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McDermott was hanged, while Marks was sentenced to life in prison, but exonerated after 30 years. Her conviction drummed up much debate about whether she actually committed the crimes or was an accessory to the brutal killings.
Her participation comes on the heels of acting in another TV miniseries based on a book — Stephen King's time travel thriller 11.22.63 — where she played a Texan librarian opposite James Franco, whose character goes back in time to try and prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The eight episode series, executive produced by J.J. Abrams and partly shot in Guelph, Ontario, became available on the US streaming service Hulu in February and was generally well-received.
The 29-year-old actress is well known for her work on feature films directed by Canadian David Cronenberg, including A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis, and Maps to the Stars.
Alias Grace is scheduled to begin filming in Ontario on August 15, 2016. It will be broadcast in Canada on CBC and stream globally on Netflix.